Della Reese

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Deloreese Patricia Early
  • Birth Place: Detroit, MI
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/06/1931, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor; singer
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Della Reese Fast Facts:
  • While still in her early teens, she was discovered by Mahalia Jackson and was invited to join the legendary gospel singer's touring choir for the summer.
  • In college, she started a women's gospel group called the Meditation Singers; she cut back on performing with the group after leaving school to help support her family following her mother's death.
  • Signed with Jubilee Records after relocating to New York in 1953 and scored a hit with the 1957 single "And That Reminds Me," which led to regular appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Became the first black woman to host her own talk show when Della premiered in 1969; it aired for one season.
  • During a 1979 performance on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, she suffered a brain aneurysm and was thought to be near death.
  • An ordained minister, she started her own church, called Understanding Principles for Better Living Church.
  • Became close friends with Roma Downey, her costar on the CBS drama series Touched By An Angel, and officiated at Downey's 2007 wedding ceremony to TV reality producer Mark Burnett.
  • Della Reese Relationships:
  • Deloreese Daniels Owens - Daughter
  • Richard Early - Father
  • Franklin Lett - Husband
  • Franklin Lett III - Son
  • Vermont Taliaferro - Ex-husband
  • Dominique Lett - Daughter
  • James Barger - Son
  • Nellie Early - Mother
  • Della Reese Awards:
  • 1998 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1997 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

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